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Languages of Africa

Overview: 1,250 to 3,000 languages

7 major language families:

  • Afro Asiatic
  • Nilo Saharan
  • Niger Congo A
  • Niger Congo B (Bantu)
  • Khoisan
  • Austronesian
  • Indo- European


Nilo-Saharian languages

Where: Central and Eastern Africa

What: 140 languages spoken

Who: 11 million people

Examples: Luo, Kanuri, Songhay,

Nubian, Dinka, Nuer, Maasai, Fur


Niger-Congo languages

Where: Two thirds of Africa

What: 1000 languages spoken

Who: 200 million people

Examples: Swahili, Yoruba, Igbo,

Fulani, Shona and Zulu